Machine Bicycle Co.

handmade bicycles.

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way - things I had no words for.

The Company

 After dreaming about building bikes, loving the quality of a well built...anything, especially a bicycle, my mind began to build this company. I wasn't going to stop it because when I closed my eyes I liked what my mind was building. It was stuff and things, color and shapes, mechanical and fluid. Ever changing but continuous and connected. It was analogous with life, it was a Machine.

Constantly converting characterless chattel. I began to see everything as a Machine. This is a piece of that and together they are pieces of something else. And I embraced this vaguely specific, confusing clarity that was eating my life. Afterwards when I was exhausted from operating internally. Something... a switch of some sort, flipped. I called this thing Machine, began to put pieces together and now it exists. If you're reading this, my life is real. So please tell me it is. Tell me I'm actually doing this

Machine

"An assembly of interconnected components arranged to transmit or modify force in order to perform useful work."

Soo, basically we take ordinary and "modify" it to pure magnificence.

"Could a machine think? Well, in one sense, of course, we are all machines. We can construe the stuff in our heads as a meat machine. And of course, we can think. So, in one sense of 'machine', namely that sense in which a machine is just a physical system which is capable of performing certain kinds of operations, in that sense we are all machines, and we can think."

     -Searle, J. (1984)  Minds, Brains And Science                                                                 

Form & Function

The architecture of a bicycle is made of a balance between two entities: the form in question and it's context. When the complexity of individualism is added, that is the manifestation of the moment when custom first turns into a self-conscious discipline. The basic bicycle design exists. Every bike today is some form of that. Are minor adjustments to the bicycle to better aid my body dimensions thus my comfort and efficiency or is it to serve an ulterior purpose?  


If you are looking for more about me (the builder), you can find that here


Our design philosophy:

Steel is an OG. Bicycles have been designed out of steel from the very beginning (approx = the year 1817). Now wood was a more workable material and thus implemented into a large part of those early bicycles. However it wasn't long until steel was the heart of the bicycle. Given that bikes are still made from steel today, we are going on 200 years. After using steel for 200 years a lot of decisions have been made, redacted, remade, failed and succeeded. The result: tried and proven the test of time. We know how how to achieve a desired ride quality. We know how to fit that ride quality to the human body. And we know how the human and the bicycle move together through space as a symbiotic Machine.

It is our belief that many steel bicycles are designed as a red-headed step child of the current fade created by carbon fiber. We love carbon bikes - so don't misunderstand. A carbon bike and a steel bike are 2 different things and they should stay as such.

Our philosophies are not a stagnant belief. With time comes change. The change we will address comes from human desire and human needs. Not so, if those human desires are to accomplish a carbon quality from a steel bike. Our credibility is not unique in that we know any secret. The information from which we make decisions is widely known. Here we would like to provide you with outside sources of information. To the history of the bicycle. More specifically, 'The race bicycle' and the 1st carbon fiber bicycles this is a fine example of where knowledge is power. Do not stop at these very few sources to understand the purpose in specificity of why your bike (or anyone else') has taken the form it has.

Since the time carbon began to surface as a material from which to make bicycle frames, most current "frame-builders" have been established. If these frame builders are making bicycles based off the frame sizes, bottom bracket standards, headtube standards and frame geometry that have been developed from carbon fiber, they may be neglecting the use of steel. When designing something from a known material, intended for a specific use; it should be build from the ground up knowing those two variables. Not evolved from a different material and a different use.


 
Art is Art. Everything else is everything else.
— Ad Reinhardt
 
 

CAUTION: non-sense words live below this paragraph. Please proceed with caution. We have spent a lifetime translating life's complexities into simplicity for your convenience. Somehow words have a way of penetrating our fun.


For a number of years now work has been proceeding in order to bring perfection to the crudely conceived idea of a transmission that would not only supply inverse reactive current for use in unilateral phase detractors, but would also be capable of automatically synchronizing cardinal grammeters. Such an instrument is the turbo encabulator.

Now basically, the only new principle involved is that instead of power being generated by the relative motion of conductors and fluxes, it is produced by the modial interaction of magneto-reluctance and capacitive-directance.

The original machine had a base plate of prefamulated Amulite, surmounted by a malleable logarithmic casing in such a way that the two spurving bearings were in a direct line with the panametric fan. The latter consisted simply of six hydrocoptic marzel vanes so fitted to the ambifacient lunar wane shaft that side fumbling was effectively prevented.

The main winding was of the normal lotus-o-delta type placed in panendermic semi-boloid slots of the stator; every seventh conductor being connected by a non-reversible trem'e pipe to the differential girdlespring on the up-end of the grammes.

The Turbo Encabulator has now reached a high level of development, and is being successfully used in the operation of nofer trunnions. Whenever a farescent skor motion is required, it may also be employed in conjunction with a drawn reciprocation dingle arm to reduce soinasodial repleneration.

Moreover, the bicycle is a byproduct of systematic rendering rebobulator coils and our illustration of life's translations. It is more than a bicycle, but an extension of an overpolarization of its terminal remasterizers. It actually has an evolving definition. Naturally structural the frame is a subsystem of a much greater triangulation of great building. The mind has to create an 'idea aperture', open it wide with a lens of geometry and orthographic construction. A machine has a program. Memories of my relationships with a bicycle are the very basis for my ability to first conceptualize and then fabricate them. Looking into this aperture I focus this object of transportation when it is not even that yet. Since deciding to be a builder of these objects of affection it has been a deconstruction of what I know them to be. Rebuilding the definition of a bicycle has been metaphorically like watching a long game of Jango backwards and in slow motion. When the assembly is done and the mind is satisfied with the job at hand, The hand must now take the reigns and open its own aperture. Artistically applying our illustrations of life's translations we cannot take ourselves too serious. And that is a Machine.